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are under siege and getting pounded, power is out, new york city, all but cut off. trains and bridges and tunnels closed, while new yorkers deal with a badly damaged construction crane on top of the tallest building in the city. tonight, the city is under massive storm warnings, nbc news begins now. >> this is nbc nightly news. >>> good evening, we wanted to let our viewers on the west coast know what it is like to be on the east coast tonight, the freakishly powerful october storm will go down as one of the worst storms of all time. it is no longer technically hurricane sandy, a sub-tropical cyclone, a nor'easter to some sta states, ten states under emergency, almost half the country warned about high winds all because of this. it has officially made landfall tonight just south of atlantic city, new jersey, and has the power to alter the map of the jersey shore. and we'll see that in action in just a moment. sandy is tonight causing flooding from massachusetts, to all the way west, a cloud bank visible over lake michigan. in new york, all eyes are on the continuing drama of that mass
. the crane appears to be just hanging on. the new york city mayor says it's not in danger of falling. we'll take you live to the scene. as the monster storm moves on to it land and nails the northeast. >> hurricane on steroids, i think she just juiced up. >> do not underestimate saving lives. >> this looks like another time where we need to come together all across the country. >> shepard: tonight, the epic threat from super storm sandy. ' its first from fox this monday night, seems the forecasters were right on almost every single point. the east coast of the u.s. now taking a direct hit from the most powerful storm ever to hit the region. ever in recorded history. and tonight, officials in maryland are reporting the first death they have just reported it. and what they are calling a storm related crash. a life look now point pleasant in new jersey where the sun has set near the spot hurricane is now coming ashore: they say the monster storm will spread devastation far and wide on east coast and far beyond. one of two main roads into atlantic city, new jersey. look at this. it's washed
on saturday. it is 60 degrees outside. >> a disturbing case involving a new york city police officer has local ties. an alleged plot by the officer to >> a bizarre story in new york city. a new york police officers charged in a horrifying plots and he has ties to our area. a warning. this is graphic. prosecutors say the new york city police officer gilberto valle plotted to kidnap, kill cook, and eat 100 women. he graduated from the university of maryland in 2006 after studying psychology and criminal-justice. the news was shocking to current students. >> that terrible. it's worse than anything i've ever seen on tv. >> he was suspended after his arrest and is being held without bail. none of the women were actually harmed. >> the man charged in the shooting at the family research council in downtown washington as a status hearing today. floyd corkins allegedly shot and wounded a guard in august. this week a grand jury handed down new indictments against him that include seven new charges. among them, committing an act of terror while armed, and attempted murder. two men involved in a high-spe
over the local airwaves in new york city and other metropolitan areas all over the twitter universe and authorities wonder, do we have to reassess everything that we know about the way we build, the way we allow for egress and ingress, no one thought a category one storm, but that is not the end all and be all of storms could do what this storm has done. over the next hour we will try to bring it to context and show you the maps we worked with yesterday to show you where this happened. it is new york city and down the shore of new jersey and state after state after state the disaster of 2012. the storm that tore up the east coast has brought misery to tens of millions. a thousand mile stretch of the united states. think of that: a thousand mile stretch feeling the effects of a rare weather system that slammed the region with 90-mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain and a record-breaking storm surge, crushed the reports in the tri-state area. coastal communities are flooded up and down the eastern seaboard for hundreds of miles. the new jersey shore among the hardest hit where the governor
and has the potential to paralyze new york and other big cities. >>> this morning, president obama signed three emergency declarations for connecticut, and rhode island, clearing the way for fema. let's get right to bill karins and the weather channel forecast. what's it looking like right now. >> sandy is an amazing anomaly. this storm this time of year should not be this strong this far north. at this point in the math it should not be ready to take a hook back into the northern mid atlantic states and southern new england. that's all going to happen today. we'll deal with, in some cases, devastating storm surge and the wind damage is going to be incredible with still leaves on the trees in many areas from philadelphia to the d.c. areas. there's the center of the storm. still thunderstorms around the center. it's feasting right now over the warm waters of the gulf stream. it may even intensify a little bit. amazingly the winds went up this morning to 85 miles per hour, now only a little less than 400 miles away from new york city. it will accelerate and move quickly towards the coast. t
the box about new york city's water history, and the editor said great, editor called me, and i said, "why"? what is there new to write about a canal? can one make history out of iconic folklore? one was written in decades for children, an indication that the subject is not fertile ground for adult readers. my agent answered the question "why" by saying when a major publisher wants to pay you money for your second book, you just say yes, and so i did say "yes" after resolving the issue of a contract for a different book, but i began to answer the "why" question myself and there were new stories to tell, new ways to tell old stories about erie and myth busting to be done as well. the first thing i found out is that the famous erie canal song, 15 miles on the erie canal, also nope as low bridge, everybody down, was actually never sung on the erie canal, and that is because -- and, in fact, no erie boatman loved his mule named sal in the song, or at least, he never sang bout it. in fact, 15 miles on the erie canal is a song written in 190 # 5, the year that work began on the second enlargemen
the storm for one death in maryland. here in new york city a construction crane collapsed. it's dangling over midtown manhattan at around 58th street. officials say inspectors and engineers plan to climb 74 flights to check out the damage. closer look now. meteorologists say that high in the air the wind gusts could well have hit 95 miles per hour. farther downtown, the facade of this building collapsed. this is 14th street around 8th avenue in the chelsey neighborhood. fire officials report nobody hurt. lower manhattan is now in the dark after the utility company con ed cut power to the shush tip of the island. rick leventhal is in point ileasant, new jersey where the storm is either now about to come ashore. in fact, we have just gotten an alert, the center of thehurre landfall within the last seconds. officially in south jersey. and that's where rick leventhal is now. rick? >> yeah, shepard. somebody should tell sandy that she is not a hurricane anymore. she is sure acting like one. i wish we could show you what's going on in the street outside. we will try. you really can't and the v
through this the way we always do. thank you very much. >> that was new york city mayor michael bloomberg with his update on the storms effects on new york city. we continue our live coverage of sandy now classified as a post tropical cyclone by the national hurricane center. that doesn't mean the storm is any less dangerous. officials making that change only because sandy is now, quote, devoid of thunderstorms near the center. just after 8:00 p.m., hurricane sandy then, merging with what was once, two cold-weather systems made landfall in southern new jersey near atlantic city. sandy is still packing maximum wind gusts around 80 miles an hour and brought an historic storm surge with it. river flooding in lower manhattan has reached more than 13 feet and officials have now cut power to large parts of lower manhattan. in the west village of manhattan, a building partially collapsed amid the high winds. the top two floors completely exposed to the elements. as the storm approached, high winds caused a crane to collapse, 74 floors up a top a highrise in midtown manhattan. forecasters say the
new york city, in hoboken, new jersey, correspondent katy tur has been covering there for us all day, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, for the first time since monday night people are able to leave their homes to get a good sense of what the damage is. but the water is still very high in a number of these areas, and they're not expecting it to be fully gone until at least tomorrow night. 20,000 people trapped, hoboken became a virtual island as 20,000 gallons of water overwhelmed the town. the national guard came in to help, delivering much needed food and supplies to those still stranded. >> one thing we truly need is more feel. >> reporter: the hoboken mayor. >> we need more fuel, resources, so anybody who is listening to this in the city of hoboken or neighboring towns who can get to us, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >> reporter: as the length of this mixture of water, sewer, and oil turned into ponds, some got their first chance to assess the damage. how does it smell in there? >> i don't want to know. >> reporter: like pretty much every one else, t
will be involved in this, but look at how high those wind speeds go. pittsburgh, d.c., new york city and boston, in that red zone, and of course, it extends all of the way back to the eastern great lakes. we'll be watching this storm not only from here but along the coast. i have a winter coat on under the extreme team jacket to cover a hurricane. >> i'm layered up as well, ginger. you got hurricane-force winds, very, very cold temperatures, ginger, something else that i want to talk about this morning, before we get to the preps of new york city making, you think of new york city and the entire east coast, these big sky high line, just big, big buildings just along here. that's all a real problem for 77 mile per hour winds. blowing things off the buildings. in this area, you don't need to be walking around because debris will flying, not just trees, but big chunks of construction debris could easily be flying through this area. now, let's talk about the other travel problems. power outages and trees down and water moving onshore. some of that water, three feet above where the water is in new y
of new york city. firefighters were unable to use water from hydrants so they had to get water out of the ocean. serious damage in rhode island where the wind and waves destroyed homes and washed out streets. let's go back to new jersey, two dozen evacuees were forced to flee emergency shelters in atlantic city after the power failed. sandy made landfall in atlantic city just after 8 clox p.m. last night. here is heavy flooding, it was all across the resort town. a 50-foot section of the boardwalk was completely lost in the super storm. >>> back to new york, a spectacular explosion here at a power plant. it was all captured on video. more than 600,000 people lost power. battery park near the tip of lower manhattan was hit by a 13-foot storm surge, two feet higher than predicted. on twitter we found this image of a subway station completely submerged in water. new york is just one of several places where mass transit is shut down again today. >>> in new jersey a transformer explosion sent a family running for their lives as power lines fell. firefighters couldn't put out the flames
. shepard smith and studio b. >>shepard: residents of a new york city neighborhood that burned to the ground during the storm, those pictures are just unbelievable how there. they returned to find that there are no homes. we will speak to a man who witnessed the fire like. the new york stock exchange re-opened today. all the fears of gloom and doom and a huge sell off, it did not happen. it was the longest weather-related shut down in more than a century. a huge news day all comes unless breaking news changes everything. this is "studio b." first from fox at 3:00 in new york city, the storm has left nothing but the tremendous damage. today, the president found down in badly hit atlantic city, nothing, for a look at the destruction. the new jersey governor christie greeted president on the tarmac ahead of a helicopter tour of the damage. he has been one of the president's toughest critics but he says he doesn't care about politics right now and they are working to egg to heard the national guard and state recover. officials tackle the recovery effort, there is much despair, a last it, million
cities, including pittsburgh and new york. man: new york city went to philadelphia and said, "you know, we're thinking of developing a hudson river water supply -- what do you suggest we do?" and they said, "we've had "a lot of problems on the schuylkill. "don't go to the hudson river. go to the upland and work by gravity." and that's what new york city did. they first went to the hudson highlands, but 150 years later, it went to the delaware highlands. and really diverted the water that normally went to philadelphia to new york city. i don't think they anticipated that. narrator: the majority of new york city's drinking water comes from watersheds in upstate new york. a watershed is the area of land where water from rain or snow melt drains downhill into a body of water. mountains act as a funnel to feed rivers and lakes. and in this case, reservoirs. in the new york city system, water is collected and stored in 19 reservoirs, which can hold more than a year's supply -- over 580 billion gallons of water. almost all of the system is fed by gravity, without the use of energy-consuming p
several states as new york city prepares for a near total shutdown. >>> the presidential race thrown for a loop. both campaigns sent scrambling just nine days before the election. our teams in place, we're tracking this monster storm and nightly news begins now. >>> good evening. the evening is howling and just over my shoulder the broiling chesapeake bay showing the power of hurricane sandy that's tracking towards us far off the coast. but it's landfall that has scientists using megastorm, a surprising link up between two massive storms, impacting up to 60 million people. you have to see what it looks like from space to really appreciate the size of the storm. it's simply a swirling right mass up and down across. people are heeding the urgent warnings especially in coastal regions. tonight people are under mandatory evacuation orders. new york city city and philadelphia are also preparing to shut down mass transit. our team is spread all along the mid-atlantic coast with the latest on the storm and its impact. we want to begin with the weather channel's jim cantore on the tip of low
into the east coast and done so hard. 13-foot surge of water into new york city and left a construction crane dangling off of a 74 story building. it is dumping rain and snow on most of the east coast with more than 5 million people without power. the storm is also blamed for 13 deaths. states of emergency declared for multiple states and officials suspended trading on wall street, closed subways in new york and shut down airports in new york, new jersey and connecticut. bay area red cross and the national guard have already been sent in to help as the clean up is expected to take days and cost millions. kron 4's jacqueline bennett is tracking tropical storm sandy. >> this is a nasty storm because unlike most hurricanes they just go up the coast line and become tropical storms and go away. this merged with a powerful winter storm. you can see all the snow, the blue indicating snow, dark blue is heavy snow and a mix of rain and snow, that is the purple. you see more of the cold weather starting to fill in now. we have blizzard warnings in effect in virginia and the heavy rain over washington,
authority here in new york. it reads in part "the new york city subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. we are we are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery." now, what we heard earlier at least 14 hours to 4 days before they could start thinking about getting some things back online in the subway system which serves 5 million plus people a day. good morning, i'm chris jansing, you are watching msnbc's continuing coverage of superstorm sandy. we'll be live throughout the night and have reporters all across the region and msnbc meteorologist bill karins is on hand with us in new york. a quarter of a million of people without power are right here on the island of manhattan. and an emergency plan -- an emergency developed at new york university hospital on the east side of the city when that facility lost power forcing the evacuation of hundreds of patients just as the storm was at its most severe. rehema ellis is there covering it for the last several hours. what's the la
miles away from new york city. it's actually moving at a pretty decent clip at 15 miles per hour so it's going to move in in a hurry. a lot of people are waking up looking outside. maybe it's not raining where you are and not that breezy as when you went to bed, but, trust me, it's on its way and the power will go out in a hurry for millions of people especially southern new england all the way down through jersey, pennsylvania, maryland and delaware. the center of the storm, a pretty well-defined eye. pin needle of an eye and the hurricane hunters have been flying in and out of the storm getting a bearing on how wide the wind field s the intense winds are maybe about 200 miles within this center so those are not onshore getting some of those tropical storm force gusts and later we'll approach the hurricane-force gusts. high wind warnings in light blue from northern maine down through the spine of the appalachians down into areas of the virginia/north carolina border. winds will be 30 to 50. sustained during the entire afternoon and evening and overnight and with some gusts possible, 6
to paralyze new york and other big cities. early this morning president obama has signed emergency declarations for connecticut, pennsylvania and rhode island, clearing the way for help from fema. let's get right to bill karins who has the latest forecast. what do you have? >> the storm has strengthened instead of 75 so that's very impressive that this storm continues to lower its pressure, even going over the cooler waters now and it's only about 386 miles away from new york city. it's actually moving at a pretty decent clip at 15 miles per hour so it's going to move in in a hurry. a lot of people are waking up looking outside. maybe it's not raining where you are and not that breezy as when you went to bed, but, trust me, it's on its way and the power will go out in a hurry for millions of people especially southern new england all the way down through jersey, pennsylvania, maryland and delaware. the center of the storm, a pretty well-defined eye. pin needle of an eye and the hurricane hunters have been flying in and out of the storm getting a bearing on how wide the wind field s
and it's battering new york city. the super storm sent water rushing into the street and thousands are without power and we got thousands without power here in our area, a lot of cancellations tomorrow. tonight 9 news has crews bringing you the latest to keep you and your family safe. first, the latest. >> good news. the winds will not be as strong as we thought, that's the good news but the bad news is they will be persistent into early on tuesday. so some good news there. maximum wind 60-miles per hour so far and 90-mile per hour in long island. for more on winds, here is erica. >> yeah, the winds are strong but they have subsided a little bit since the last time we were with you. 47 miles per hour is the current peak wind gust. 37 in ocean city and 39 in philadelphia. 36 in norfolk where we are expecting those winds to get a little bit lighter in the norfolk area but in the dc metro, we're expecting these winds to continue to gust between 40 and 60 miles per hour as we head through the overnight hours. right thousand we're at 48 in baltimore and same martins burg and 60 still
. floods have taken over many of the underground systems in new york city and the brooklyn battery tunnel which connects lower manhattan to brooklyn is basically underwater as well. you will see amazing pictures over next couple hours. they're coming in every minute as we speak. this super storm has literally knocked out power to more than 7 million homes and businesses in 17 states. nearly four million dark in in new york and new jersey right now. this storm plunged parts of lower manhattan into complete darkness. it turned the streets near wall street into rivers. basically, from just south of the empire state building down. they have complete darkness. a very eerie sight for everybody in this area. let's go to rick leventhal who has weathered this storm throughout the night in one of the hardest hit places on the jersey shore. that is point pleasant beach, new jersey. it is beautiful beachfront area so hard hit. rick, what can you tell us today? >> reporter: martha the sun peeking out for first time in more than 24 hours. we're getting first look at widespread devastation along the new
>>> hi, good afternoon. i'm maria bartiromo coming to you live from rockefeller city in new york city where the markets are at a standstill today and tomorrow as millions brace fort brunt of hurricane sandy. >> i'm bill griffeth at cnbc global headquarters. this is usually the last hour of trading but this is the beginning of the worst of sandy. the situation getting more dangerous. that's a live picture out of midtown manhattan. a damaged crane atop a building located on west 57th street in midtown manhattan. all of that as a result of the heavy, heavy winds that are been hitting that area of new york city. we will keep you updated on that particular story. in fact, we have whole team coverage from every angle of this story. todd gross is here with us at battery park city, we have mary thompson from the port of baltimore, brian shactman is on long island. kayla tauche in cape may, new jersey, and we will be navigating the carnage for the next two hours. it is expected to pick up in severity in that time frame. let's start with the big picture from todd gross. todd, where is hurr
to make landfall. forecasters say it is on track to combine with an oncoming cold front. >> new york city has come to a standstill. officials have shut down public transport, schools, and the stock exchange. >> the national hurricane service says the storm and is gaining strength as it turns toward the coast. >> in norfolk, va., hurricane sandy is hitting the coast with strong winds and heavy rains. some areas are already under water. even though the full force of the storming is yet to come. in ocean city, md., the first signs of the approaching storm can also be felt. authorities have closed the city's beach. >> this is a big one. it is supposed to be huge. everybody is supposed to evacuate from 17th street down. >> this is almost a ghost town. the residents have either left or barricaded themselves inside their homes. only a couple of daring beachgoers remain. >> [no audio] >> further north, in new york, preparations have been underway for days. people in low-lying areas are bracing themselves for flooding. at this long beach hospital, several buildings are being evacuated. almost 400,
breaking news. brand new video in from new york city's tallest residential building currently under construction. it is called 157. it's on 57th and 7th avenue and there is a a crane that is now dangling out of control from this building. you know, i drive past this every single day on my way to make my right on 7th down to the fox studios, and i have thought about it as i was coming in on friday and thought what are they going to do with that thing? it is somehow detached from this building. this is the tallest residential building in new york city. at the time that it was green lit, that was bit of controversy because it was blocking people's views. people were concerned about the height of it. and now of course that crane which is topping out at 65 stories is dangling, and that is the video right now. we will keep you posted on that. but i have heard behind me on 6th avenue tearing up 6th avenue the fire trucks i would imagine they are probably headed that way. they are on the case. never count out nyfd, n.y.p.d., they will fix it if they can. coming up, we have up to the minute
in new york city. >> you're the most popular guy in the city today, huh? >> yes, sir. >> wall street up and running today for the first time since superstorm sandy blew ashore. >> breezy point was absolutely devastated. it was completely leveled. >> we're just devastated from this. shocked. shocked that it's happened to us. >> governor romney is cautiously venturing back on to the campaign trail. president obama still tied up with dealing with the storm. >> two of the three major airports serving the new york area reopened. laguardia remains a flooded mess. >> uh-oh. uh-oh. >> we will reset halloween by executive order. my power knows no bounds. >> is that one of those governor chris christie fleece zip-ups. >> power to your house, nonexistent. that means darkness and candles and whining children. >> on "cbs this morning." >> people had no e-mail, facebook, twitter or instagram or as aol users put it, welcome to the party. >>> welcome to cbs this morning. as you wake up on the west coast, the remains of superstorm sandy are still being felt as far as wisconsin, but it's nothing like the
on that in a moment. >>> first, in new york city the subway system remains crippled after heavy flooding caused what officials say the worst damage in its 108 year history. no one knows when it will be up and running again. >>> let's go back to new jersey. there were countless rescues there and for some the realization that they were no match for mother nature. >> terrible. it was awful. it was the worst thing i ever saw. the waters came down like crazy. we were sorry we stayed. >> well, let's go live now to kathryn craig. she's from our new york station, wnbc. she is down in lower manhattan. kathryn, thank you for joining us. it's a ghost town. it's incredibly eerie. can you describe it for us? >> reporter: people call it a ghost town, lib. this is the financial heart of new york city. in this area so much work is going on. right over here you can see all of this water coming out. what workers are doing is pumping water out of the office buildings here. there's also a subway station next to us and that had 13 feet of water from the tracks all the way up to the ceiling underground. it is a pretty gr
. >> reporter: new york city is all but shut down. the powerful storm surge from hurricane sandy pushed waters of the hudson river through the sea wall and onto the walkway. a record storm surge sent tidal water into a major traffic tunnel linking manhattan and brooklyn. also causes a high-rise crane to collapse, left damaging 1,000 feet over midtown, forcing the evacuation of several buildings. new york university medical center was evacuated after their backup generator failed. dozens of ambulances took patients to other hospitals. sandy is combining with the winter storm and will continue to cause trouble and damage for days. >> there's been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal and local governments. and so we're confident that the assets are prepositioned for an effective response in the aftermath of the storm. >> reporter: with sandy expected to affect the northeast through thursday, that response could take some time. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >> ines ferre lowering us from lower manhattan. i know you were in that location right around the same spot yeste
's an unbelievable number. >>> we'll go back out to sam champion in new york city, in preparations under way for how this city, the largest city in the country, would deal with hurricane sandy. >> bianna, you know, we have seen storms move up this coastline and breeze by new york. only one hurricane in recent memory irene made a move to this city and the city got ready for it. forecasters are being careful to let folks know right away that this storm has more strong effects than irene may have had. new york city is operating under a state of emergency and wants everyone prepared today for a monday storm. boarding up homes and buildings. >> i'm really nervous about this. i am. i'm cooking. i'm thinking that we're not going to eat for the next six days. >> reporter: they're helping to drain flood waters. >> strengthen unexpectedly or change its expected path. it could do a lot of damage and you could be at risk. >> reporter: new york transit officials are preparing for a possible shutdown of the subway system, the largest transit system in the world. >> shut down when i'm in the city that's a problem.
are running normal in new york city. >> most popular guy in the city today. >> guess so. >> wall street will be up and running today. >> breezy point was devastated by fires. the area was completely leveled. >> we're what devastated from this. shocked. shocked that this happened to us. >> governor romney is cautiously venturing back on the kmain trail. president obama tied up with the storm. >> two major airports serving the new york area reopened this morning while laguardia remains a mess. >> wild reset halloween by executive order. >> governor christie. >> darkness, candles and whining children. >> people had no e-mail, facebook, twitter or instagram or as amp ol users put it, facebook, twitter or instagram or as amp ol users put it, welcome to the party. captioning funded by cbs >>>welcome to cbs "this morning." the remains of superstorm sandy is moving into western new york and causing trouble as far west as wisconsin but nothing like the damage in the northeast. the death toll this morning is 55, 22 of them in new york city alone. >> 6.8 million utility customers are still without
. let's get you caught up on how things are looking and start in new york city right now. where it is eerily dark. over pretty much all of lower manhattan. more than 300,000 new yorkers without power. more than 3 million up and down the east coast are i want sesti the dark at this hour. some of the worst damage here in new york is downtown, by battery park, where a near 14-foot wall of water has flooded the streets as well as the brooklyn battery tunnel which connects brooklyn and manhattan. that is one of two major commuter tunnels in new york that flooded tonight. this storm has left a path of destruction in its wake. the "associated press" reports at least 15 deaths associated with sandy. mostly the result of falling trees. storm-related deaths have been confirmed in new york, new jersey, west virginia, pennsylvania, connecticut. within the last hour, we've learned that a firefighter in connecticut died after a tree hit his vehicle as he was responding to an emergency. the new york city mayor's office reports that local 911 operators have been overwhelmed getting 10,000 calls
. >> gretchen: we have every angle covered for you . peter is in the beach. and todd in new york city and we have maria molina as well to bring us the latest on the weather situation. >> brian: first we will update you overnight. a massive fire burning in queens. devastating to see and no sign of being contained. 50 homes are in flames at this hour and the situation is going from bad to worse. joining us on the phone is power authority spokesman michael. michael so far 50 homes. are firefighters working on this? >> right now facts are sketchy. we believe that the power was out in the area before the fire started and so we are not involved in the fire-fighting activitis and we don't know the cause. >> steve: i know that apparently 25 houses are destroyed so far. and 195 firefighters are working the blaze two people with minor injuries. the problem in cases like this, michael, sometimes when a fire starts, if there is flooding firefighters can't get to it and it gets oust control. >> i can't speculate on the issue of the fire. there is a lot of outages and breezy point has been out of power fo
and flooding along the east coast. right now, new york city, a construction crane has partially collapsed on top of a high rise building. it is dangling 80 stories above the mid-town streets. we'll go live to the scene where the streets have been cleared and nearby building have been evacuated. at this hour, the storm is threatening 50 million people from washington, d.c., to martha's vineyard in massachusetts. subways and trains are shut down in many, many cities, including new york and boston. airlines canceled more than 7,000 domestic and international flights today and tomorrow, stranding 15 million people. both candidates suspended their campaign events. we've got it covered from all angles with reporters in key locations and our meteorologist in the studio. first, let's go live to that dangerous, damaged crane in midtown manhattan. it's dangling over the streets of midtown manhattan. nbc's rheama ellis is live. >> reporter: authorities are trying to get them up in the construction site to see if there is anything that they can do to fix the crane that is dangling over 57th street. p
or destruction. in new york city, the sun finally came out today, along with the first sounds of recovery. ( bell ringing ) the stock market opened for the first time this week. buses are back. and there could be some subway service tomorrow. the biggest challenge remains pumping floodwaters out of tunnels. the u.s. military is helping, and we flew along today with lieutenant general thomas bostic, commander of the army corps of engineers. >> about 28,000 gallons a minute. to put that in understandable terms, it'll empty a pool, an olympic-size pool, in about 20 minutes. we're trying to figure out how many pools we have in new york city. >> reporter: the police released this video today of staten island residents being rescued from their flooded homes. president obama joined governor chris christie on a tour of the new jersey shore, where sandy made landfall monday evening. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape. we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy. and i've instituted a 15-minute rule, essentially, on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it's the mayors, the
system remains closed. new reports of the flooding taking over new york city's subway system. good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. >>> this morning we're getting a look at the damage left behind by sandy. right now that storm to blame for at least 50 deaths just here in the u.s. more than 8.5 million homes and businesses from maine all the way to the carolinas still in the dark. widespread outages in lower han at an. sandy shaping up to be one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the u.s. as well. so far it's estimated to cost between $20 billion and $50 billion in damage. >>> thousands of area residents are slowly getting their power back, but thousands more are still in the dark. dominion virginia is working to restore electricity to more than 20,000 customers in northern virginia. novec has more than 3,300 homes and businesses in the dark. 1,500 pepco customers have no electricity. and more than 24,000 local bge homes and businesses are without power, most of them in anne arundel county. >>> a lot of you heading back to work and school today. the fe
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